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Olympics: S. Koreans shocked and angry at Kim defeat

Published on Feb 21, 2014 11:22 AM
 
For millions of South Koreans who stayed up into the early hours of Friday morning to watch their idol Kim Yu Na try to defend her Olympic figure-skating title, there was heartbreak and anger over her eventual silver finish. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

SEOUL (AFP) - For millions of South Koreans who stayed up into the early hours of Friday morning to watch their idol Kim Yu Na try to defend her Olympic figure-skating title, there was heartbreak and anger over her eventual silver finish.

The biggest name in South Korean sports, Kim has a fanatical following in her home country, and there was huge expectation that she would secure back-to-back golds going into Thursday's long programme in Sochi with a narrow lead over her rivals.

Her performance seemed flawless, but Russia's Adelina Sotnikova scored higher technical marks to take first place on the medal podium.

Kim skated last, shortly before 4:00am Korean time, and the Korean TV commentators voiced surprise, verging on shock at the final result, with suggestions that the judges may have been swayed by the partisan Russian crowd.

 
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